Choquequirao to Espiritu Pampa 13 Days

Trek Choquequirao to Espiritu Pampa

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Following the adventures of Hiram Bingham from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu.

Cusco - Cachora - Santa Rosa - Choquequirao.- Choquekiraw - Maizal ...
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Perched precariously on a hilltop, sheltered by the enormous canyon and Apurimac River, lies the lost Inca city of Choquequirao. The Choquequirao-Vilcabamba Machu Picchu Adventurers’ Challenge Trek links three great Inca cities discovered by Hiram Bingham over a century ago. It is a very challenging trek due to the changing terrain and climate of the deep valleys.

With the support of mules, explore the ancient Inca cities and communication routes to cross the entire Vilcabamba mountain range. Hike from the Apurimac Canyon to the Urubamba River passing through the impressive mountains and Inca cities of Choquequirao, Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu. Explore the arid and very hot canyons and ascend the high and cold mountains. This trek is among the most spectacular scenery in Peru and perhaps the world.

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Machu Picchu trek 13 days – Complete Itinerary

Day 1:Cusco – Cachora – Santa Rosa

We leave the city of Cusco at 06:30 am in a private bus, 4 hours away is the town of San Pedro de Cachora, on the way we will stop to visit the famus site Saywite regarded as a center of religious worship for Inca people, focusing on water. surrounded by the impressive mountain Apu Padreyoc, protector of the people half an hour more we will be arriving at the beginning of the hike Capuliyoq. It will be a moment to do the registration of Entrance to the Regional Conservation Area of Choquequirao before the Ministry of Culture, then we will begin our expedition, descending to the Apurimac canyon with a privileged view of the mountains on the opposite side. After 3 hours of descending, we will arrive to Chiquiska, place of our lunch, after lunch we will continue the descent to the Apurimac River for 1 more hour, the lowest point of our journey.
At the level of the river, we will be, a few minutes to rest, then begin our ascent for 2 hours to our camp located in the hamlet of Santa Rosa.

Hiking time: 8 hours average
Distance: 15 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Maximum altitude: 3000
Minimum altitude:: 1500 m
Temperature: 15° C
Camp altitude: 2100 m

Day 2 :Santa Rosa – Choquequirao.

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will begin the ascent for 3 hours average until the town of Maranpata, a short rest to continue to the archaeological park of Choquequirao we will take a relaxing time until lunch time, after having enjoyed the food we will begin our tour throughout the ancestral city, for the whole afternoon, in case we are accompanied with the blessing of mother earth we will have the option to observe the flight of the majestic Andean Condor, also the view of the sunset is magical and spectacular.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 14 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Maximum altitude: 3100
Minimum altitude: 2100 m
Camp altitude: 2900
Night temperature: 10° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 3 :Choquekiraw – Maizal.

We will wake up very early to start the day with a totally Peruvian and homemade coffee, we will begin the day with a brief tour of the archaeological park of Choquequirao for an average of 1 hour for the places that we could not visit on the previous day, after the visit we will begin the day with a moderate ascent of 1 hour, and then begin the descent to the next archaeological park of Pinchaunuyoq, time to explore and take and a rest, then continue with the walk down the last stretch that is steep; Here we will have a mandatory time to cool off, because the heat is suffocating due to the narrow valley of the area.
After having enjoyed lunch, we will begin the march up the mountain for an average of 3 ½ hours, until we arrive at the Maizal camp with a unique and spectacular view.
This day will be very challenging, as we will have 1500 meters of descent and 1100 meters of ascent in one day.

Hiking time: : 10 hours average
Distance: : 19 km
Difficulty: : Difficult
Maximum altitude: : 3280
Minimum altitude: : 1850 m
Camp altitude: : 3000 m
Night temperature:: 5° C
Accommodation:: Camping

Day 4 :Maizal – Qoriwayrachina Maizal

Day of exploring Qoriwayrachina, this Inca site is located up on the top of mountain, now on these days the Inca city is located in the midle of bushes some remains we can find are covert by trees, the climbing to the to the religious section is a very steep way but once you get there is a impressive the location the view all mountain range is visible.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 12 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Minimum altitude: 3050
Maximum altitude: 4000 m
Camp altitude: 3050 m
Night temperature: 5° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5 :Maizal – Yanama

Day of great challenge because in this opportunity we will continue in permanent ascent all morning towards the pass with the best panoramic view, we will go through the Andean rainforest observing the variety of flora and fauna recommended for travelers who like bird watching, on the way we will come across the tunnels that were the silver and lead mines of Minas Victoria.
After having walked for 5 hours up the mountain we will finally arrive at the incomparable viewpoint of San Juan de Victoria, once reached the highest part of the mountain from this point we will visualize the spectacular panorama, cliffs of an immense fall at our feet, part of the canyon of Apurimac where we have been days before and of course the mountain chain of Vilcabamba. Time to take pictures and if we are lucky, we will be visualizing the flight of Condors lunch, then we will continue our descent towards the town of Yanama.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 13 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Minimum altitude: 3050
Maximum altitude: 4150 m
Camp altitude: 3650 m
Night temperature: -5° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6 :Yanama – Qelqamachay.

For today geography is almost easy, but remember that this in the Andes there are no flat terrains, in the first hours we will descend to the junctions of the rivers of Pacchayoq and Yanama, then we will have an ascent to the area of Chungana, from this area, the walk will be bordering the mountains, always looking down the deep valleys and above us the snowy peaks of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. Hours later we will finally arrive to the Qelqamachay valley where we will start with a gentle ascent observing with admiration the rock formations with different shapes until we arrive to our campsite.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 18 km
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum altitude: 3050
Maximum altitude: 4000 m
Camp altitude: 4000 m
Night temperature: – 7° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 7 :Qquelccamachay – Incamachay

Day we will ascend to the highest part of our journey, walking in the Andes is not only to observe the dazzling nature, it is also to meet with the living culture archaeological remains left by ancient civilizations and on this special day we will be crossing the mountain following the Inca trail that connected the city of Choquequiraw with the region of Vilcabamba, From the point of view of a tour guide the most impressive trail left by the people of the past, both the ascent and descent we will be following the ancestral path, until we arrive at our camp.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 18 km
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum altitude: 3050
Maximum altitude: 4000 m
Camp altitude: 4000 m
Night temperature: – 6 C
Accommodation: Camping


Day 8 :Incamachay – Huancancalle

In terms of physical difficulty today is easy because we will descend directly to the archaeological area of Vitkus following the Inca trail that is being recovered in this area, we will pass through the entire community of Chupana to reach the next community Pillaopata, from this small town we will make our entry to our destination the capital of the Inka resistance Vitkus, we will begin our journey with a visit to the main temple the well-remembered Yuracrumi. After having explored the park we will continue in direction to the ancestral city of Rosaspata, from where we will have a panoramic view of all the mountains and Inca cities with a lot of history after the arrival of the Spaniards, immediately after having visited we will be heading to our camp in the town of Huancancalle.

Hiking time: 6 hours average
Distance: 13 km
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum altitude: 2850 m
Maximum altitude: 4000 m
Camp altitude: 2850 m
Night temperature: 6° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 9 :Huancancalle – free day.

This day Can be use to wash the clothing at same time to relax our buddy.

Day 10 : Huancancalle – Huarina. Incatambo

Early in the morning we will take a car, which will be driving us until Huarina were we will set up our comp ground, from this area, since this area we will start our hike on the way to Inca Tambo a unique Inca house located in the middle of mountains, the way is an ancient, Inca trail leading to until this magnificent area. After reaching on this complex, we will return by the same way to our campsite where we will spend the night.

Hiking time: 7 hours average
Distance: 13 km
Difficulty: difficult
Minimum altitude: 2850 m
Maximum altitude: 4000 m
Camp altitude: 3900 m
Night temperature: -4° C
Accommodation: Camping

Day 11 :Huarina – Espíritu pampa.

The sun rise on this area is unique the view is magnificent the way how the sun truck the mountains around, we will have we breakfast with this amazing dawn, after preparing our camping equipment we will take a truck with will be driving us from the mountain on the way to the jungle, descending is a unique because in few hours you will see the change of the landscape, the flora and fauna shows up very different, along the way we will cross several times streams and river until we get in the main purpose of our expedition Espiritu Pampa.

In the afternoon we will have plenty of time to explore the remains of the Inca city, some parts are still under the archeological researching, won´t be enough time.

Driving Distance: 100 km
Difficulty: dirt road
Minimum altitude: 4000m
Maximum altitude: 1400 m
Night Temperature: 15° C
Accommodation: Camping.

Day 12 :Espiritu Pampa – Kiteni – Quillabamba.

After a breakfast prepare by our cook with a local ingredient, we are exploring the rest of the archaeological complex, specially the one belonging to the Wari culture, the funeral sector where Señor del Wari was found by 2003.
After these hours exploring Espiritu Pampa, we will be abording the truck and drive on the way to Kiteni for 5 hours, where we will stop for lunch, after our lunch we will be take a local bus for 3:30 minutes on the way to the city of Quillabamba.

Driving Distance: 250 km
Difficulty: dirt road
Minimum altitude: 500 m
Maximum altitude: 1400 m
Night Temperature: 17° C
Accommodation: Hostel with a private bathroom.

Day 13 :Quillabamba – Cusco

Early in the morning we will breakfast at the Hotel then we will be abording the local bus driving us on the way to Cusco for 6 hours. The time to arribe in Cusco will be around 14:00 hours.
End of the tour:

Distance: 200 km
Difficulty: Easy



At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.


  • Briefing at your hotel before the trip.
  • Pick up from the hotel in the morning.
  • Private transport Cusco to San Pedro de Cachora, Truck from Huancancalle to Espiritu Pampa, Local Busco from Kiteny – Cusco
  • Professional guide leader: English, Spanish and Quechua.
  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological parks of Choquequirao and others
  • Double 4seasons tents.
  • Dining tent, with table and chairs, kitchen tent for the cook to prepare the food with care and hygiene.
  • Bathroom tent
  • Mattresses
  • Cook and cooking equipment (assistant cook for large groups).
  • Food as indicated in the itinerary, (we have the option of vegetarian food) Our professional cook incorporates international, national and typical food of the region, if you have any dietary restrictions let us know.
  • Pack horses (for camping equipment, food, cooking utensils and passenger’s belongings).
  • We will provide each of our passengers with an extra backpack for their personal belongings (maximum 10 kg), if you wish to carry more you can rent an extra horse for $20.00 USD per day.
  • Emergency horse which can be used when you feel tired or sick only.
  • Tents for the staff working with us and food during the trip.
  • First aid kit and oxygen.
  • Celebration dinner in the in the tonw of Qillabamba.


  • Breakfast in the morning before departure.
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent at the office $ 4 per day) that if you don’t want to transport from your home to Peru.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters and/or muleteers.
  • An additional horse if you have too much stuff. The cost is $10 US per day.

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  • A light day pack, clothes for all the different periods of the trek. Be prepared for all weather changes.
  • Waterproof jacket and an extra rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for $ 1 US.
  • Good shoes for the trek we recommend that you bring waterproof shoes.
  • Sandals to take a shower in the hot springs and rest your feet after each day.
  • Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, shawls, shawls, chullo, we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (rented from the office).
  • Torch, binoculars and walking sticks for the hike.
  • Camera (along the route especially in Yanama you can recharge the batteries).
  • Hat to protect you from the heat, sunblock and a moisturizing cream for your skin.
  • Insect repellent. There is no malaria risk report.
  • Paper for the SS. HH.
  • Snacks: such as chocolates, biscuits, dried fruit, sultanas etc. as well as water purification tablets.
  • Your own emergency kit if you have special medication.
  • Clothing for swimming in streams and hot springs, bikini, towel etc….
  • Enough cash for lunch in hot springs, tips and to buy some drinks on the way.
  • Original passport. Valid student card.

Optional extras

That we can rent for you.

  • Comfortable fibre sleeping bags from our hostel.
  • Comfortable 10 g down sleeping bags below zero ($ 6 US per day)
  • Aluminium spring poles ($ 2 per day)
  • Inflatable mattresses ($ 5 US per day).
  • If you plan to have a lot of stuff you can rent an extra mule ($10 US per day).
  • If you want to sleep in one tent you need to add ($25 US for the whole tour).
  • Aguas Calientes Upgrade -comfortable 3star hotel, nicer restaurants and Vistadome train upgrade $95 per person.



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At Ausangate Trekking we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Ausangate Trekking we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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